The cover an eye-catching one, invites the reader to turn over and take a look at the blurb, and the blurb in turn nudges him/ her to pick it up.
Aryavir is not an ordinary prince. Heir to the throne of Kamalkund, Aryavir is a Kamal Akshi – blue-eyed and blessed by the Indivara, a divine Blue Lotus that protects his kingdom. And yet Aryavir harbours a terrible secret about his fate. His family, led by his father, King Chiraksh, is bound by its own web of intrigue and ancient promises.
The complexity of the family’s past and present allegiances and the secrets each family member hides are set against the fact that Kamalkund has to fight off covetous kings from across the borders who will do anything to control the powers of the Lotus.
Meanwhile, as Aryavir, his faithful tiger Kar and friend Sitanshu fight their own battles, the kingdom is faced by clear and present danger. And the past unravels its mysteries unexpectedly.
This classic tale pays homage to India’s magnificent mythological heritage and, at its heart, is a story about the eternal human journey.
Interesting, intriguing and engaging, ‘Aryavir’ is a saga set in the Old World where Ishv the formless one is worshipped, Astradharis are blessed with weapons that wreak untold havoc if not handled properly, Mayakaaris play an important role in determining the destiny of men and women they come into contact with, Maheshwari masters with mystical powers see the future with clarity and are adept at guiding the affected and where life for some runs into anywhere between 200 to 500 years.
Packed with interesting characters, events, twists and turns as well as various shades of human nature, the story takes the reader on a journey beautiful yet nail biting. One can’t help but marvel at the author’s creative side, style and the ability to put across a complex plot with ease. As one moves from chapter to chapter, one feels drawn into the midst of the action that unfurls and can’t help but wait with bated breath to see the end result. In short there’s no going back once you set foot into ( read enter) the ‘trap’ that’s called Guardians of the Blue Lotus, that Author Anita Shirodkar has set for you.
The characters a sizeable number, are well developed and are well integrated into the fabric of the story. While some exude energy , some tug at heartstrings by their innocence and plight and then there are others whose wily nature make you wish you could shake them up and give them a piece of your mind.
The pace, though slow at first, picked up after the initial few chapters. After that the ride (read) was not only enjoyable but mind tickling too.
Language is simple, easy to comprehend, crisp and lucid and has the power to transport the reader to the scene of action. There are no mind boggling jargons to sweat over nor inappropriate phrases and usages that will make you crinkle your nose.
So what’s it that stops me from giving the book a 💯
Well it’s the typographical errors especially towards the fag end of the novel, that restrains me from saying ‘Perfect.’ This needs to be looked into and taken care of if not already done, before going in for a fresh edition.
A read that’s sure to make you pick up the next in this series of Guardians of the Blue Lotus i.e. ‘Sitanshu.’
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Other books by the Author
Little Kroo and Mamma Hop travel to different natural habitats around the world where Kroo is fascinated by new ways of parent-young one bonding. At each step he wonders aloud why his Mamma doesn’t love him like that. Her loving reassurances notwithstanding, Kroo’s mind is not fully at peace. Is there anything that will make him see what she’s been telling him all through – that she may not love him like that, but she loves him the most in this world?
Love Like That sees little Kroo and Mama Konga ( Kangaroo) go together on an expedition of sorts, across thick forests, grasslands, swishy swamps, scorching deserts, chilly poles and grey and golden coasts setting up home in tents and basking in Nature’s glory. The tour turns out to be an interesting lesson for little Kroo who gets to see what parents of different species of the animal kingdom do for their little ones right from taking care of them to helping them fend for themselves in the face of danger. It also reveals the soft as well as adventurous side of animals and imparts little tidbits of knowledge by way of little notes on scraps of paper illustrated alongside picturesque depiction of the story.
In short Love Like That is all about the emotion of love expressed in different ways by different animals and is at the same time a sort of self-discovery for little Kroo. It also opens our eyes to the fact that children need reassurance time and again from adults to make them feel loved and wanted. There is nothing unnatural about that.
TITLE: Fear is the Key
AUTHOR: Juggi Bhasin
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
GENRE: Fiction ( Thriller, Suspense)
‘A bitter winter wind blowing outside spoke to me. There was no one else. And then it struck me. She might have truly disappeared! Sometimes, you get a sense of these things . . .’
It’s been one hell of a tough week at Yummimages, a digital infotainment site, with controversies seeping into the politicking within the office. To calm things down, Rahul, the founder, plans a party at his home. His goal is to set things right between his fiancée-to-be, Simone, and his business partner and close friend, Suhel. With the party in full swing it’s time for Rahul to have ‘the talk’, but suddenly Simone is nowhere to be found.
As all investigations come to naught, Rahul takes matters into his own hands and soon has a few suspects lined up. It’s just a matter of time before he knows the truth. But reality can be so twisted, so bizarre, so utterly unbelievable . . .
This book, by the creator of Agent Rana, will continue to give you chills long after you have read it.
Cleverly crafted, the book a suspense thriller takes the reader on a journey that’s sure to give one the goose bumps not because it is a murder mystery but because it has something that goes beyond the ordinary act of murder such as a slash with the knife or a bullet in the head. It is confusing and confounding. In fact it is a head- scratcher.
A few hairpin bends (twists and turns) up, one comes to a climax that’s sure to make you clap your forehead for……….it is……… I’ll leave it to you to read and analyse.
The language is simple, crisp and lucid making the read smooth- sailing. The pace is perfect and the style of narration is one best suited for a plot of this kind.
The characters are well- articulated and come across as normal human beings prone to virtues and vices. Be it the crafty Rahul with the face of a kitten and the mind of a crafty fox, the over-bearing ready to pounce lion akin Suhel, the proud as a peacock Simone or the greedy wolf of an Inspector Kripal, each one merges into the story with finesse and help take it forward without a hitch, without a bump.
In short, ‘Fear is the Key’ is sure to take the reader through a maze of alleys, alleys of glamour, glitz, deception, defeat and more…… It is a psychological thriller of sorts.
AUTHOR: Rubina Ramesh
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)
Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.
When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.
While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives?
Why did I pick this one up?
Hesitant at first not because I don’t have faith in the author’s writing skill but because I prefer thrillers and mythological fiction to romance, I picked this up for two reasons:
1) Curiosity. The blurb interested me. I wanted to know what fate had in store for Esha and her boss Rohan Sharma.
2) Faith in the Author’s writing. I knew she could pull off a romance well have read another romance from her desk titled Finding The Angel
So, how did I find the book?
Esha the female protagonist, comes across as a strong- willed, level head one who is not ready to buckle under pressure. She can be sweet and rude.Not ready to be cowed down either by her fiancé, his mother and boss Rohan Sharma, she knows her priorities and responsibilities. Faced with a serious situation she needs to take some hard decisions. But can she, without compromising her dignity? For that you need to read the book.
Packed with stings and barbs, selfish motives and selfless love, ‘Destined’ also has some sizzling romance scenes that are sure to go down well with lovers of romance fiction and the romantic at heart.
The characters are etched out well and you can’t but help relate to their mood and mood- swings. Even the secondary characters are strong enough to make an impact on the reader. They play a pivotal role in moving the story forward. You may hate some of them but then you can’t help agree that without them the story would lose its charm.
Language is Rubina’s forte. She knows how to play with words to bring live the scenes. ‘Destined’ too is blessed by this ability of hers. The imagery is vivid and lingers long after the story ends.
Pace is perfect. Smooth and free flowing, it is neither too fast nor too slow. So there is no scope for letting out a yawn in between the pages, nor feel that things have been rushed through. One can relax and enjoy the story.
Any suggestions from my side?
Ah! Yes. Would love those minor typographical errors at a few places here and there, corrected.
A must read, one that is destined to leave you smiling. I’m glad I picked it up. I’ll give it a 4 on a scale of 5.
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OTHER BOOKS FROM THE AUTHOR’s DESK
Royals have a secret, as much as anyone else’s.
17-year-old Cathy Charlotte thought that her mom still keeping a secret about their family. Until one day, odd things are starting to happen—the white hair girl who has been haunted her dreams is coming to reality as their so-called distant relative—Sylvia Elle who acts all strange and mysterious. Meanwhile, everyone in the small town of Bisbee are welcoming a new detective—Chantel Herron who later becomes co-worker to Cathy’s dad.
A sudden circumstance has caused her mom to coma after unknown demons are failed to kidnap her. At that hard time, Sylvia Elle finally reveals herself as a guardian angel who is currently assigned to help her discovering the whole things that her mom has been keeping.
Further, she found out that Chantel is the evil witch with demons works under her command. They want to hunt Cathy for their welfare sake to empower the hidden world of Caecus by experimenting her royal blood. That magical realm is concealed behind an abandoned castle in Austria—where her mom’s family secrecy is also buried in there. Eventually, Cathy is the key to open the door and to save the world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?”
Karthik Rao is a 32-year-old software professional based in Bangalore. He lives with his wife Sushma, parents and two little sons Kaustubh Krishna and Raghav Krishna aged 4 and 1, respectively. He says, he gets to meditate close to 3 hours every day on his bike thanks to the notorious Bangalore traffic. His hobbies include following cricket, Indian politics on the social media and Indian mythology. He also plays plastic ball cricket with his sons.
TITLE: The Peshwa: The Lion and the Stallion
AUTHOR: Ram Sivasankaran
PUBLISHER: Westland Ltd.
GENRE: Fiction (Historical)
One of the best I’ve come across in recent times. It brings alive the Lion and his Stallion. It is not only rich in colours but mesmerizing too.
When the Peshwa surrenders his life to a terminal illness dark clouds gather over the Confederacy as it is threatened by a Mughal invasion as well as an internal rebellion.
All the while a passive spectator, the Peshwa’s son, Bajirao Bhat, now needs to rise beyond the grief of his father’s passing, his scant military and administrative experience, and his intense love for his wife and newborn son to rescue everything he holds dear. Will the young man be able to protect the Confederacy from internal strife and crush the armies of the Empire all while battling inner demons?
Will he live up to his title of Peshwa?
As the events unfold, one feels one is actually a witness to the same. Such is the imagery that is woven into the story. The author has also not forgotten to share some profound knowledge vide his characters. One such knowledge is that of the importance of family and family ties. It’s not only relevant but one which the younger generation especially the workaholics need to be reminded of.
There are twists, there are turns and of course, the author has not forgotten to add an element of surprise too, one that I’m sure no one anticipated till the end.
CHARACTERIZATION: All the characters are well fleshed out thus making them interesting and easily relatable. One can easily relate to their actions and reactions.
LANGUAGE: Simple, crisp and lucid. The smooth flow of words makes the narrative not only easy but engrossing too. The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book.
PACE: Steady till the end. At no point does the author slacken the pace nor up it.
RATING: 5 on 5! Nothing less.
RAM SIVASANKARAN- THE AUTHOR
Introduced to the world of stories that included Hindu legends and the great epics and classics of both India and the West, Ram developed a keen interest in stories of valor, heroism, chivalry, beauty and romance.
A day-dreamer of sorts, Ram believes deeply in the power of imagination – the mind being the canvas on which even the seemingly talentless can create new universes, resurrect eras long gone by, bring the gods to life and even resurrect heroes and damsels of yore.
‘The Peshwa’ is Ram’s debut novel.
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There is always a first time and this is one such first. Guess what? I’m hosting my very first guest author today on my blog. She is none other that the author par excellence and a great human being. She is ………….Ms Sundari Venkitaraman. To know more about this amazing personality CLICK HERE
Now without wasting more time get ready to read what she has to say on ‘success.’
” Hi Geeta,
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. I am truly honoured that mine will be the first guest post on your blog.
I hope you and your blog readers will enjoy what I am going to talk about here – Consistency is the key to success – of course, from the point of view of an author.
When I began writing, it was like a bolt of lightning had hit me out of the blue. Within six months I had written three novels; the third being The Madras Affair. But getting my books published was a different ball game. I tried a number of publishers in India as well as abroad. But there were no takers.
I gave up, only for a while, to take up a job. But it looks like writing is my “swadharma” and I began blogging voraciously. This really gave me a lot of practice. I have around 700 articles on my blogs.
Soon, to motivate myself to write, I began to publish my novels as series on my blog. It was very encouraging when I had a group of people eagerly awaiting my forthcoming chapter every Friday. By now, I know I had a regular fan following.
And in 2014, egged on by Rubina Ramesh, I published my own books on Amazon. I must say that that was the best decision of my life. Three novels and one anthology of short stories are doing roaring business till today and are still on the bestseller charts of Amazon.in.
This opened up yet another opportunity in 2015. Readomania came forward to publish The Madras Affair. It was a dream come true to see my book in print.
All these years of “never giving up” has finally borne fruit. Have I reached the end of my journey? Of course not!!!
Look out for my next in 2016!
Thanks Sundari, wishing you a great 2016 and many, many years of fruitful writing.
TITLE: –The Bestseller She Wrote
AUTHOR:- Ravi Subramanian
PUBLISHER:- Westland Ltd.
GENRE- Fiction (Suspense)
Eye-catching and apt!
Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor’s life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.
Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful, and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.
What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?
Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protégé.
The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.
STORYLINE:- Interesting and riveting! The book deals not only with ambition and success, but also has fair measures of romance, blind faith, deceit, adultery, back-stabbing, blackmailing, etc. etc. woven into it. It
Aditya, the protagonist, is a devoted husband and adorable father till he is enamoured by the young and vivacious Shreya who has a hidden agenda. One ready to go to any length to reach the top and achieve fame, Shreya befriends the protagonist who is also a bestseller. What follows is clever manipulation. Aditya finds himself in an unenviable position. His life takes a course downhill and is in shambles. His career and reputation are at stake and all that he holds dear starts slipping away from his hands like sand. In short he is on the brink of destruction. All his efforts to set things right are in vain thanks to some ill-advised moves and attempts at back-stabbing by quarters close to him.
The author not only takes on a virtual tour of the world of publishing but also introduces us to the shoddy side of the corporate world where there are neither permanent friends nor permanent foes. It also shows us how rejection can drive one crazy.
Packed with drama, deceit and emotions the story has some interesting twists and turns and also throws up some surprises. The climax was totally unexpected.
CHARACTERIZATION:- All the characters are well fleshed out. Their strengths, their weaknesses are brilliantly displayed. In fact one can easily relate to them, their emotions and actions. They bring live the story.
LANGUAGE: – Language is simple, crisp and lucid. No hard-hitting jargon to boggle the mind, nor pebbles in the form of typos/ grammatical errors to take away the taste.
STYLE:- Told in third person, the narrative was engrossing.
PACE:- Slow at first but gradually picked up. In fact in the latter half one found events seem to tumble forth one after the other so fast that one had to catch ones’ breath, go back a couple of times and re-read to be able to connect. But to be honest this did not in any way affect my view about the book simply because the twists and turns held my interest.
An interesting read I give the book 3.5 on a scale of 5. Why so? Well I’ve read the author’s ‘God is a Gamer’ by which he has set a standard for himself. This one fell short by a few notches of the standard.
To read my review of “God is a Gamer’ CLICK HERE
Couldn’t help quoting these few lines that I picked up at Thinkexist.com
“Relationships-of all kinds-are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.”
Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is a bestselling author having authored bestsellers like If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012), Bankerupt (2013) and God is a Gamer—based on financial crime.
Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats
His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.
With ‘The Bestseller She Wrote,’ Ravi Subramanian makes his entry into an entirely different territory i.e love, betrayal and romance.
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